Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Fourth Kind (2009)

THE FOURTH KIND surmises that there are four different levels of alien encounters: seeing a UFO, finding a crop circle or radiation, boring the audience to death, and finally faking a ton of footage and passing it off as authentic. This disorienting mess of a film sells itself on its inclusion of "actual footage" that runs alongside staged re-enactments of a series of bizarre phenomenon that occurred in Nome, Alaska in the early 2000s. Rather than just weave together the admittedly jarring pieces of "found footage" in a faux documentary style similarly to CLOVERFIELD or THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Osusnanmi has chosen to overlay the faked footage in a split-screen format simultaneously with the re-enactments, which is terribly confusing and removes the audience entirely from the picture. The film also lays on the theatrics through a blaring score and dramatic cinematography and editing style that give it a glossy, mainstream look and feel that is anything but realistic. Milla Jovovich is her usual awful and unconvincing self, and does not sell the lead in any way. To elaborate on the films flaws and countless ways that it alienates the audience would require a short essay, so suffice it to say THE FOURTH KIND is a cold, exploitative suspense film that uses all of the cliched scare tactics Hollywood has to offer for cheap thrills with no lasting effect.

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
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6 comments:

  1. This one disappointed me greatly. I have a review of it a few entries back on my blog. I was SO hoping this was......everything it wasn't and not what it was. /sigh

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  2. I thought it was alright. Nothing special. It had a few good moments. It almost had me fooled till they showed that "footage" of the man gunning his family down followed by his own suicide. I just rented this one, thankfully. That's all its couple of spooky moments were worth, imo.

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  3. Haven't seen it, but I gotta give you kudos for always being fair when you give your rating. 7/10 for something you didn't like?

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  4. I was surprised to see how much you disliked it also, considering the 7/10! I have not heard anything good about the Fourth Kind, but I do love movies that deal with alien in a realistic way, even if it isn't real at all. So, maybe with super low expectations and the fact that it is an alien film, I may get some enjoyment out of it. Though, what you say about Jovovich is blasphemy! ;)

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  5. Terrible dude, she is just terrible lol.. I hate her to death in the RE series. The problem with the film isnt so much that it is poorly shot or executed, but more that it is just all around average and completely fails at creating the sense of realism it was attempting to portray. It is watchable, and alien fans will find enough to enjoy, but it just kept pissing me the fuck off due to the formatting. I cant rightfully give it a D though when it isnt a terrible film as much as I disliked it..

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  6. jervaise brooke hamsterJanuary 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I want to bugger Milla Jovovich (as the bird was in 1993 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

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